Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Louise Pfanner PIO issue 286 April 2010

What’s this illustration for?
This was in my first book, Louise Builds a House, published over twenty years ago. The artwork was about to go to the printers, but my editor decided to change the original pic, so I did this in under an hour, and couriered it to her. The text for this page says "and a drawbridge to draw fish on". I've always liked the play on words, although the drawing and painting is very simplistic I think it works in this book.  

Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration - how do you start? 
I think of things for years and years, and I write them down in notebooks. Although I have the ideas for two books when I was in emergency wards with acute asthma (which is weird now I think of it.)

How did you get your start as an illustrator?   
I studied Graphic Design in the hope of becoming an illustrator. After I graduated I did children's fabric design, and I also did magazine illustrations. The idea for my first book was from a project I did in Graphic Design- designing the perfect art school.

Who or what has influenced your work?

I have always read a lot. I think reading is the key to being an illustrator- one needs to really extend the text, not just decorate it. I like the work of Herge, and Jean de Brunhoff, Pat Hutchins and Janet Ahlberg, to name just a few. 

What's your favourite media for creating pictures? 

Black ink outlines (I still use Rapidographs) and watercolour paint (Old Holland is my favourite)

Do you experience illustrator's block - if so, what do you do about it?

No, I think it's always hard work.

What's the worst thing about being a freelancer?

Being alone.

And the best?

Being alone

What are you working on at the moment?

Not a book at the moment, but several commissions and a commercial project.

Where can we see more of your work?  

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